Many birds go through a totally normal (but awkward!) stage when they fledge. They leave the nest before they are able to fly properly and can be found hopping around on the ground. Parent birds will come by with food, but will likely not be around all the time.
If the fledgling appears to be healthy and uninjured, is not in immediate danger, and the parents are still around (you may need to observe the area consistently for up to an hour), please do not take these babies! The best place for them is with their family. Simply leave them where they are or carefully place them in a nearby bush.
If there is no sign of the parents, or if the fledgling appears to be sick or injured, then please bring them to our centre as soon as possible. Place a towel in a box and make some air holes for ventilation. Place the bird in the box and bring them to our centre during our opening hours.
You can also help fledglings by keeping cats at home or under supervision. This is a vulnerable time for birds as they are taking their first steps into the big wide world and can be oblivious to danger. If any cat interaction occurs, the bird needs to be taken to a vet or rehabilitator as soon as possible to start antibiotic treatment. Please tell us if the bird you are bringing in has experienced cat interaction – we need to know, so that we can provide the correct treatment. Please check out the images below for more information.
For further information about fledglings, including how to recognise them and how to check for parents, please take a look at our Facebook post or the images below.
As always, if you wish to discuss any fledgling situations, you are welcome to give us a call or text on 027 816 9219. Our phone is answered between the hours of 8am-4pm daily and we are always happy to provide advice.